13 comments

  • Suganth SSuganth S, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    Are we soo much deep in a bubble that we criticize an app made for designers and then post it in a community full of designers?

    I mean, there are 100s of apps (banking and medical) out there which have so many UX and accessibility issue and actual color blind users suffer because of that. But we pick a niche app for niche market and apply our skill to criticize that.

    8 points
    • Mahdi Farra, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

      As I mentioned in the article, I didn't choose the app to criticize, It was part of an interview process.

      I agree with you though on that we should criticize apps used by average consumers.

      Thanks anyway!

      4 points
    • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, 4 years ago

      Are we soo much deep in a bubble that we criticize an app made for designers and then post it in a community full of designers?

      yes.

      I've been saying it for years.

      0 points
  • Stephen OlmsteadStephen Olmstead, 4 years ago

    Hey Mahdi- just wanted to chime in an say thank you. Really appreciate the great breakdown here. Have already been chatting with our mobile team about this- some great takeaways and truly look forward to continuing to improve the experience. Thanks sir- good to be in touch! :)

    3 points
    • Mahdi Farra, 4 years ago

      Hey Stephen,

      Thanks a lot for your comment man. I'm glad to hear that you like this. Excited to see the new updates!

      Best of luck guys!

      1 point
  • Ian GoodeIan Goode, 4 years ago

    I've mentioned to them before that the contrast in Invision Boards is too low. It looks like they've since made the text color a bit darker, but the font is still too light and the rest of the UI too low-contrast.

    Inspect seems much better in this regard (the dark UI helps). I've no doubt about the massive challenge they have on their hands trying to wrangle all the different nebulous products and acquisitions under a cohesive UI, so it's something that will hopefully come with time.

    2 points
  • Joe Blau, 4 years ago

    Why is low contrast so popular in the design community right now?

    2 points
  • A B, 4 years ago

    I think you really did a good job here. For me, if I'm nitpicking, the only thing I can see that is lacking is a conceptual improvement angle.

    In other words, offering your solution for the bigger picture – Where would you take this product next rather than making small UI / UX tweaks?

    That would have been a bit off brief, granted, but really taken your presentation to an even higher level.

    Thanks for sharing. Interesting and well presented article.

    1 point
    • Mahdi Farra, 4 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback A B. I'll take into consideration in my next article :)

      1 point
  • David ThornDavid Thorn, 4 years ago

    I totally forgot they had an iOS app since the last time I used it, it was useless. Gotta check it out again.

    But the low contrast issues are consistent with what I see on desktop.

    1 point
  • Luca Benazzi, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    Some good points! I found the observations about colour blindness particularly interesting. I personally believe that problems that affect <10% of the population should be solved by technology and be a concern for designers. I don't see why there can't be an app that changes all colours automatically for people who have this issue, and targeting their specific problem. And in fact there is a bunch of such apps already on the market. It's still interesting, though, because 1 man out of 12 is colour blind, according to some statistics that I found after a quick search. I appreciate the criticism over insufficient contrast, it's such an annoying trend. And videos in the background. It's annoying to see usability guidelines disregarded just because of aesthetics and coolness. And in 2016 we are still talking about this. It looks like there's designers out there who just do it on purpose, because they believe the only thing that matters in the emotional impact. Pfff...

    0 points
    • Mahdi FarraMahdi Farra, 4 years ago

      Yeah that's a really good point about the color blindness, the OS should have an option to optimize the colors on the screen for the color blind.

      But don't worry much about it, the cool guys at InVision are working on improving the app, I got a few messages from them and they're aware of these issues, which is great.

      0 points